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Shark sighting clears water at Narragansett Town Beach

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Drone footage courtesy of Dale Denelle.

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Swimmers were pulled out of the water late Thursday morning after a shark sighting at Narragansett Town Beach.

DEM spokesman Michael Healey said the sighting was in the area of the Dunes Club and it was believed to be a thresher shark, the same species seen off the coast of Charlestown this past weekend.

Drone footage obtained by 12 News showed the shark navigating the waves as people watched from the shoreline.

At one point, the shark came close to people in a small boat, a kayak and a jet ski, but did not appear to have any interest in them.

Healey said the DEM’s Division of Marine Fisheries sent a boat to patrol the area. Marine biologists did not see the shark for themselves, according to Healey, but they did see “huge schools of menhaden.”

“These baitfish are an important food source for sharks,” Healey explained.

Late last month, lifeguards cleared the water at Salty Brine and Roger Wheeler state beaches in Narragansett due to a fin sighting, which turned out to be an ocean sunfish.

The Atlantic Shark Institute also announced earlier this week that four great white sharks were detected in the area of Block Island.

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